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Senior respite care: caring for the caregivers

For the first time in history, Canada’s seniors outnumber children (5.9 million seniors, compared to 5.8 million children). By 2061, there could be as many as 12 million Canadian seniors versus 8 million children aged 14 and under. So, caring for our seniors is going to become a major part of life in Canada. Thanks to the involvement of family, friends …

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Yee-hah! It’s the Calgary Stampede 2018

It’s Stampede time again! If previous years are anything to go by, Calgary is set to welcome around 1.2 million visitors from all around the world. So, pull on your boots and grab your hat, the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is back in town! What’s on? Over the next 10 days, Stampede Park will be home to an unmissable …

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Managing the risks of dementia

Preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia, or at least delaying the onset, is achievable. Research points to several dementia risk factors, and many scientists believe that the key lies in identifying those risks and addressing them as early as possible. Intervention for prevention Dr Yakir Kaufman, a director of neurology services at Herzog Hospital, Jerusalem has suggested that a person displaying all …

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Exercise for Seniors

Retirement should be a time when we finally get to spend some quality time on ourselves! To get the most from this exciting next chapter, we need to maintain our strength, energy and general well-being. Guidelines developed by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) suggest we might only be 150 minutes away from achieving this goal! What do I …

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Purrs and wags: animatronic pets and senior care

Pet ownership for seniors has long been recognized as beneficial. Just 15 minutes spent bonding with an animal can instill a feeling of companionship and improve our general emotional wellbeing. However, when issues relating to health, mobility or finances arise, some seniors feel they are simply unable to care for a pet. As many as 1 in 4 senior Canadians …

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Senior rights: Alberta scores again

Residents of Alberta have long claimed that their province is the perfect place to retire, but now Calgary seniors have even more to be proud of. Seniors find a voice As of April 1 2018, new legislation means that Alberta seniors have much more control over their daily lives. The Resident and Family Councils Act gives seniors and their families …

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Alzheimer’s research round-up

For nearly 30 years, the amyloid cascade hypothesis has been central to the research of Alzheimer’s disease. This theory suggests that a build-up of damaging proteins initiates damage to brain cells. This build-up can be linked to early cognitive problems in Alzheimer’s patients. Scientists are still searching for ways to stop the accumulation of these proteins. Only this year, 4 …

Fruit and Veg nutrition for seniors

Eat well, live well

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, up to 80 percent of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through our life habits, such as eating a healthy diet and being physically active. At The Manor Village, we understand that a well-balanced diet is the cornerstone of a healthy, active lifestyle. Our aim is not just to …

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Cards on the table: how games improve senior health

It’s no secret that keeping active in our senior years has a positive effect on both our physical and mental health. Exercising our minds is just as important. Playing a regular game of Canasta or chess could be key to keeping our brains in tip-top condition. So, dust off that old deck of cards and search out the Scrabble. It’s …